Letter from Horace Hotchkiss, 30 December 1841
, Letter, , New Haven Co., CT, to JS, , Hancock Co., IL, 30 Dec. 1841; handwriting of ; one page; JS Collection, CHL. Includes address, postal stamps, postal notations, and docket.Bifolium measuring 9¾ × 7¾ inches (25 × 20 cm). The document was inscribed on the recto of the first leaf in blue ink. The verso of the first leaf and recto of the second leaf are blank. The bifolium was trifolded twice in letter style, addressed, sealed with a red adhesive wafer, and postmarked. The letter was torn when opened, and some wafer residue remains on the verso of the second leaf.The document was docketed by , who served as JS’s scribe from December 1841 until JS’s death in June 1844 and served as church historian from December 1842 until his own death in March 1854. It may be one of the four 1841 letters from listed in an inventory that was produced by the Church Historian’s Office (later Church Historical Department) circa 1904. By 1973 the document had been included in the JS Collection at the Church Historical Department (now CHL). The document’s early docket as well as its possible inclusion in the circa 1904 inventory and its inclusion in the JS Collection by 1973 indicate continuous institutional custody.
On 30 December 1841 penned a letter to JS from his home in , Connecticut, responding to one JS wrote about three weeks earlier. Hotchkiss wrote of a proposed land transfer that he, JS, and had been discussing for the prior three months. In late September or early October 1841, Hotchkiss had met with Ivins in , at which time Ivins proposed selling to him some timbered land and the “ belonging to the Church,” properties located in New Jersey. Hotchkiss offered to pay $3,000 for the properties with the understanding that the amount would be applied toward $6,000 in interest the church then owed Hotchkiss and his land speculation partners, and , for a large tract of land in the , Illinois, area that the church had agreed to purchase in August 1839. On 10 December 1841 JS responded to Hotchkiss, counteroffering to sell the land for $3,200. Hotchkiss consulted with Tuttle and then wrote the featured letter on 30 December, agreeing to JS’s offer.JS apparently did not send a response to this letter. sent a follow-up letter dated 7 February 1842, and JS replied to it on 10 March.